Academy edges Watterson in overtime for state title
Hana Sinno scored off a pass from Charlotte Vaziri with 6 minutes, 5 seconds left in the second overtime to lead the Columbus Academy field hockey team to a 2-1 victory over Watterson in the state final Nov. 3 at Upper Arlington.
It marked the ninth state championship for the Vikings, who finished 19-0-1. They also defeated Watterson 1-0 on Oct. 11 and scored three of the four goals the Eagles allowed this season.
Watterson finished 19-2.
“It hasn’t really hit me yet,” Sinno said. “When Charlotte had the ball (on the winning goal), I had a really strong sense of confidence.”
Academy's previous state title came in 2006. The Vikings didn’t advance to state in 2007 but were state runners-up in 2008 and ’09 and a state semifinalist the past two seasons.
Vaziri scored the game’s first goal as Grace Geiger and Brie Stahl assisted with 4:03 remaining in the first half. Watterson tied the game with 9:01 left in the second half when Alessandro Margello scored off a pass from Olivia Pardi.
“We were able to hold them off and I felt that if we got it to overtime that we had a good chance,” Academy coach Anne Horton said. “I give a lot of credit to our seniors and our captains.”
Watterson was seeking its fourth state championship. The Eagles' last title came in 2009, when they defeated Academy 1-0 in the final.
“It was such a heart-breaker,” Watterson coach Janet Baird said. “We knew if they got a breakaway that it would be tough. We had a couple opportunities in overtime, and when you play a team like Academy, you have to capitalize on your scoring opportunities.”
In the state semifinals Nov. 2, Academy defeated Cincinnati Ursuline 4-0 and Watterson edged Shaker Heights Hathaway Brown 1-0.